5 Talking points from this week's IMPACT Wrestling (December 9, 2021): Chaotic finish to grudge match, High Stakes Main event, Former World Champion returns

Matt Cardona was involved in a high stakes main event on IMPACT Wrestling
Matt Cardona was involved in a high stakes main event on IMPACT Wrestling
K Sai Krishna

The build-up towards the Hard To Kill pay-per-view continued in this week's edition of IMPACT Wrestling. The competitors for the first-ever knockouts Ultimate-X match were announced. The Knockouts Champion Mickie James was in action as she teamed up with Chris Sabin to take on Deonna Purrazzo and Matthew Rehwoldt.

Rhino and Eric Young battled in a street fight. Stakes were high in the main event as Matt Cardona battled W. Morrissey with massive implications for their title match at Hard To Kill.

To top it all off, a former world champion made his return to IMPACT Wrestling. So without further ado, let's check out the five talking points from this week's IMPACT Wrestling. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below.

#5. Chaotic finish to Street Fight on IMPACT Wrestling

After months of feuding, Eric Young and Rhino were set to battle in a street fight. Throughout the feud, EY always had the backing of his faction, Violent By Design. However, last week, Rhino and Heath took out VBD with the help of Willie Mack and Rich Swann.

Violent By Design assaulted Rich Swann & @Willie_Mack after their match but @HEATHXXII & Rhino were there to even the odds!#IMPACTonAXSTV @TheEricYoung @bigjoedoering @CodyDeaner

This week on IMPACT Wrestling, Joe Doering revealed he had a "design" to overcome the number advantage that Rhino, Heath, Mack, and Swann had. However, going into the match, Young ordered Doering and Deaner to stay in the back during his bout.

Rhino and Eric Young had a brutal match and, as the former was about to finish off the latter, Deaner and Doering made the save. Heath entered the fray, followed by Swann and Mack to even the odds and as Rhino set up Young in a powerbomb position, The Good Brothers entered the mix, and chaos erupted. Young capitalized on the situation and delivered the Piledriver to secure the win.

#4. Competitors for Knockouts Ultimate-X match announced on IMPACT Wrestling

Lady Frost, IMPACT Wrestling's latest acquisition, was being interviewed backstage when she was interrupted by Executive Vice-President Scott D'Amore, who congratulated her. As she requested him to be added to the highly anticipated Knockouts Ultimate-X match, he revealed that the newest member of the IMPACT management, Gail Kim, would be making that decision.

The IMPACT Wrestling Hall of Famer announced that Lady Frost, Tasha Steelz, Rachael Ellering, IMPACT Digital Media Champion Jordynne Grace, Chelsea Green, and Rosemary would be the participants in the historic bout.

.@RealLadyFrost is the in first announced for the first ever Knockouts Ultimate X match at #HardToKill as well as @RealTSteelz,@RachaelEllering,@JordynneGrace, @ImChelseaGreen & @WeAreRosemary!History will be made at #HardToKill!#IMPACTonAXSTV

#3. Deonna Purrazzo pins Mickie James on IMPACT Wrestling

Last week, during a contest between Matthew Rehwoldt and Chris Sabin, Purrazzo tried to cost the latter his match. However, James launched an assault on The Virtuosa, leading into the tag team match this week as the Knockouts Champion teamed up with Sabin to battle Purrazzo and Rehwoldt.

Towards the end of the contest, Purrazzo pinned James with the help of added leverage from Rehwoldt to gain the upper hand over the champion ahead of their anticipated rematch at Hard to Kill.

#2. Josh Alexander makes his return to IMPACT Wrestling

After being taken out by JONAH at Turning Point, former world champion Josh Alexander returned to IMPACT Wrestling this week. As expected, he was in a foul mood and was out for revenge.

The Walking Weapon interrupted a match between Rohit Raju and Lawrence D and cleared the ring before he called out JONAH. Scott D'Amore made his way out and informed him that JONAH wasn't in the building as he asked him to stay home.

He proceeded to make the match between the two superstars official for Hard To Kill and asked Alexander to be patient. Alexander delivered a C4 Spike to Raj Singh before heading back.

#1. Matt Cardona puts it all on the line on IMPACT Wrestling

Matt Cardona pinned the IMPACT world champion Moose last week to secure a spot in a triple threat match for the world title at Hard To Kill, also featuring W. Morrissey.

This week on IMPACT Wrestling, Cardona was in a backstage interview when he was confronted by Morrissey who vowed to take him out of the triple threat match.

Cardona challenged Morrissey to a match, stating that if he lost, he'd back out of the title match. Towards the end of the bout, Morrissey pushed the referee, who awarded the match to Cardona by disqualification.

Angered by the referee's decision, Morrissey laid him out with a big boot and proceeded to deliver a powerbomb to Cardona. Chelsea Green came down to the ring to stop the assault. Moose entered the ring and asked Morrissey to help take Cardona out for good but got a big boot from him instead.

Morrissey pushed Green away and was about to attack Cardona, but the latter fought him off and posed with the world title as Moose looked on from the ramp to close out this week's IMPACT Wrestling.

Could this be the future of #IMPACTonAXSTV?Be there LIVE at @thefactoryDE in Dallas, Texas!Tickets for Hard To Kill:
Edited by Abhinav Singh
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